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France checks with Delhi Police on handling rape cases

Seven-member delegation comprising French govt spokesperson Najat Vallaud-Belkacem met police on October 25.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: October 29, 2013 2:03:52 am

Concerned with rising crime against women in France,a delegation comprising the spokesperson for the French government,who is also the Minister for Women’s Rights,and the French Ambassador to India met the Delhi Police Commissioner on October 25. They wanted to learn from the policies introduced by the Delhi Police to deal with women’s safety issues after the December 16 gangrape.

A seven-member delegation comprising spokesperson Najat Vallaud-Belkacem,French Ambassador to India François Richier and other officials from the Embassy visited the Delhi Police Commissioner to discuss ideas for enhancing women’s security and to arrest the rising trend of domestic violence in France.

The Delhi Police prepared a presentation explaining the steps the department had taken after the December 16 gangrape to deal with women’s safety issues. In the hour-long discussion,the delegation expressed concern over the growing trend of rapes and domestic violence cases in France. The delegation told Delhi Police that a large number of rape cases were being reported in France. The delegation also claimed that some of the women were apprehensive about reporting cases of domestic violence.

The delegation requested the Delhi Police to share steps taken after the December 16 gangrape case and how they were dealing with women’s safety issues. The presentation prepared by the department mentioned self-defence training provided to one lakh women. The delegation was told about the ‘Parivartan’ scheme launched by the Police which aims to create awareness in schools,localities and police stations,sending women police personnel to patrol neighbourhoods and encourage women to form a monitoring system in their locality.

The delegation had sought information on how Delhi Police responded to distress calls relating to women. For this,the delegation was taken to the Central Police Control Room (CPCR) and officers informed them about the women’s helpline.

Delhi Police,represented by the Commissioner and officers with the rank of Special Commissioner of Police,was informed that the French government is planning to bring in a new legislation for women’s empowerment in their country.

EMPOWERMENT

French govt is planning a new legislation to empower women

French Ambassador to India François Richier was in the delegation

Rising crime against women prompted them to meet Delhi Police

They wanted to learn from steps taken after Dec 16 gangrape

Police told them about awareness programme Parivartan and self-defence classes

Delegation visited CPCR to understand how women’s helpline works

They said many French women were apprehensive about reporting domestic violence

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